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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Saturday’s socialist speak out

Obama is re-engineering empire, attempting to do killing and subjugation on the cheap to help address the economic crisis of profitability at home.

There will be more and more drone bombs, more proxies like Israel on a war footing to do the bidding of the US.

This is a sign of an Empire in decline, a decline which will have disastrous consequences for the world as the US tries to militarily assert and retain its economic superiority over China.

The dilemma for the Australia ruling class is that the battle between the US and China pits their imperialist insurer against their biggest trading partner.

The US focus on the Pacific and Australia’s enthusiastic adoption of US imperialism’s attempts to constrain and encircle China means the Australian ruling class has chosen the current major imperialist power over the future one.

This might have short term consequences for trade with China but given the relationship is symbiotic that may not be the case just yet, at least until China can secure alternative supplies cheaply from other sources. Africa is part of that game.

The war overseas will and is being accompanied by a war at home, with Obama for example signing the National Defense Authorization Act.

Under the Act the military–under the authority of the president–is empowered to hold anyone “who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners without trial until the end of hostilities.” 

The West’s threats against Iran are part of  a power play to reassert US control of the most strategically important region in the world and to ensure the US can cut off the flow to China and others quickly if needed.

The brave people of Syria continue to battle against the dictatorship. Demonstrations continue in Bahrain, despite the presence of Saudi troops to help suppress opposition to the ruling clique.

 It is 3 years since Israel invaded Gaza and killed hundreds of civilians. The Zionist land grab – genocide – against Palestinians continues unabated.

The ANC is 100 years old. Despite 17 years of ANC rule, the black poor in South Africa remain poor, without housing or jobs.

In Australia the leadership of the Nurses Federation in Victoria is showing how not to run an industrial  dispute and how to at best guarantee a tawdry deal.  The Baiada picket – 2 weeks of nothing in and nothing out with great community, including Socialist Alternative, support – remains a vital lesson in how to organise and how to win. It is a lesson other workers would benefit from.

A section of the bosses appear to be going on the offensive with lockouts, following on from the ‘success’ of Alan Joyce at QANTAS effectively stopping dead industrial action by locking out his workforce.  

These include the ports, and the owners of Schweppes, although that looks to have blown up in their face as supplies quickly run out.

The bosses in Australia are screaming for changes to Labor’s Fair Work Act (beautifully described recently as the Fair Work Choices Act) to further restrict workers’ ability to strike.

They also want changes to the Act to ‘improve productivity’ which is code for making us work harder for less so they can make more profit at our expense.

And all the while unions pay the rotten fines that Labor and its institutions impose on them for striking or taking other industrial action. 

The memory of Clarrie O’Shea and the defeat of the penal powers is forgotten.

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Comment from Penny Lockwood
Time January 9, 2012 at 7:59 am

Spot On! Great piece! Thank you & keep it up

Comment from John
Time January 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Thanks Penny.

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